An Easter Countdown is the PERFECT way to celebrate this spring!
Do you ever feel like Easter is the holiday that somehow just gets left in the pollen dust? (haha)
Somewhere between New Year’s Resolutions, Valentine’s dates, and summer break lands what should be the MOST important holiday of the year. And yet, Easter usually comes and goes with little more than a few last-minute baskets of candy and a ham dinner.
For years, I felt a little guilty about this. Of course, we spend Easter Sunday at church, and we certainly make the day about Jesus, but this day is a celebration of the most significant thing in our lives. Surely it deserves at least a tiny bit of the pomp and circumstance we give other holidays (especially Christmas!).
Names of Jesus Easter Countdown
We count down to everything: Christmas, first day of school, time until vacation. An Easter countdown is such a wonderful way to build anticipation, teach God’s truth, and bring the focus of the holiday to the right place every single day as we await that celebration. If done right, it also helps children to fully understand the meaning behind it all.
So I created a simple Easter countdown that not only brought with it anticipation of the most important holiday of our faith but also taught my kids the real meaning behind the holiday to begin with. Why do we celebrate Easter? Because Jesus left His throne in Heaven and lived a sinless life on this earth so He could die in our place.
As we journey to the cross with Christ, I thought it would be appropriate to study the names of Jesus, so we can see how incredible Jesus really is as we anticipate the single most incredible thing ever done for us: death on the cross.
Creating Your Names of Jesus Easter Countdown
The materials are simple. You need the free printable file (linked below), two different colors of cardstock paper, and tape or a stapler. I find that tape doesn’t stick well to glitter paper. Also, if you have bigger sheets of scrapbook paper at home, just cut it down to 8.5×11 size and stick it in your printer.
To put it together, simply print the file on cardstock and cut apart the strips. Alternate your colors if desired. The printable is set up for you to use two different colors easily. If you need a little help, check out the video above for more detailed instructions.
You could make the chain and run it up the staircase railing or on a door frame. We put ours on a basket near the fireplace in the family room. You could even put the strips of paper in a basket and pull one out when you want to spend some time focusing on it with your family.
Each morning, we pull off a new link and then read the verse that goes along with it. But there isn’t a right or wrong time of day to do it. You could read the verse with your family over dinner or have each child read the verse on their own throughout the day. I have my children journal about the name and verse in their journal so they spend a couple of minutes really processing that particular name of Christ.
The countdown lasts 30 days. But don’t worry about getting all 30 in before Easter! If you are getting a late start, you can finish after the official holiday. There is nothing that says you must stop! The point isn’t when you start and stop; the point is to focus on the various names and characteristics of our Lord.
Oh, and you can combine this with our Cross Easter Activities for even more Easter family fun.
Let’s be purposeful in making sure that our families remember the true meaning of Easter, turning their eyes onto Jesus, celebrating the greatest gift of all time!
GET YOUR FREE EASTER COUNTDOWN:
You can download your own copy of the Names of Jesus Easter Countdown by filling out the form below. I pray your Easter is even more meaningful than ever!
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.